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McD: Donít pack heat in national parks
seattlepi.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Joel Connelly

Posted on 02/19/2012 8:06:35 AM PST by marktwain

In a display of defiance at the U.S. Capitol’s governing gun lobby, Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and eight colleagues have introduced legislation to reinstate a ban on carrying loaded firearms in America’s national parks.

The legislation was prompted by January’s murder of Mt. Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson. Anderson was shot as she set up a road block for a car that didn’t stop at a chain-up checkpoint.

By Joe Sebille“The dreadful and deeply saddening event that occurred on Mt. Rainier makes me question why on earth people should be allowed to carry loaded weapons in our national parks,” said McDermott.

It became illegal to pack heat in national parks in the early 1980′s under the Reagan Administration.

The gun ban was overturned in 2009. Senate Republicans attached a pack-heat provision to legislation designed to control excesses and hidden fees charged by credit card companies.

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., is cosponsoring the legislation along with House members from California, New York and Virginia.

Advocates for loaded guns have cited such dangers as encounters with grizzly bears in the back country of national parks in the Rockies and Alaska. In response, an association of National Park Service retirees has argued that statistically there is a greater chance that visitors will be struck by lightning than mauled by a bruin.

“Millions of families visit our national park historic sites and monuments every year to see our nationally protected sanctuaries and learn about our nation’s history,” said McDermott. “Why anyone should need or be allowed to carry a loaded firearm in our national parks simply doesn’t occur to me.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
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21 posted on 02/19/2012 8:27:34 AM PST by narses
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To: marktwain

This is the same treasonous piece of excrement that went to Iraq in 2002/2003 to defend Saddam Hussein.


22 posted on 02/19/2012 8:27:50 AM PST by MachIV
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To: marktwain
“The dreadful and deeply saddening event that occurred on Mt. Rainier makes me question why on earth people should be allowed to carry loaded weapons in our national parks,” said McDermott.

The dreadful and deeply saddening event that occurred when Charles Manson talked people into killing for him makes me question why on earth people should be allowed to have freedom of speech.

Same logic.

23 posted on 02/19/2012 8:28:59 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: marktwain

He thinks a national park is several acres of grass around a monument not several thousand sq. miles of forest.


24 posted on 02/19/2012 8:30:26 AM PST by SkyDancer ("No Matter How The People Vote There Will Always Be A Federal Judge To Over Turn It")
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To: marktwain

The shooter, who had already shot four people, flew through a checkpoint for *snow tires*, which is all there would have been even if there had been the old rule against guns in federal parks.

So this is an utterly meaningless effort, other than to restrict honest citizens from being armed.

Using McDermott’s weird logic, because Barney Frank’s boyfriend was running a gay prostitution ring in Frank’s basement, congressmen should be prohibited from having basements.


25 posted on 02/19/2012 8:30:36 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: marktwain

A national park is one of the smartest places to carry a gun, the isolation and the large carnivores running around make it prudent. Fortunately for the young college girls hiking in the woods most perverts are too lazy to hike out to trails where they are only protected by a thin layer of tent fabric at night with no locks. The bears unfortunately are already there.


26 posted on 02/19/2012 8:32:42 AM PST by dog breath
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To: Paladin2

Even before guns were allowed in the parks, in Denali you would be considered a fool if you were not carrying while hiking. By the park rangers!


27 posted on 02/19/2012 8:34:45 AM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: marktwain
In a display of defiance at the U.S. Capitol’s governing gun lobby,...

lol

28 posted on 02/19/2012 8:35:32 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: marktwain
The dreadful and deeply saddening event that occurred on Mt. Rainier makes me question why on earth people should be allowed to carry loaded weapons in our national parks,” said McDermott.

To protect ourselves from nut jobs who want to kill us while we are visiting the parks, dumbass.

29 posted on 02/19/2012 8:36:33 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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“Why anyone should need or be allowed to carry a loaded firearm in our national parks simply doesn’t occur to me.”

If you really are that f ing dumb, that you cannot conceive of a reason, let alone several valid ones, you need to retire. You are unfit for a position of responsibility and judgment.


30 posted on 02/19/2012 8:42:55 AM PST by 1malumprohibitum
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Enemy action ping.

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31 posted on 02/19/2012 8:44:57 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Caipirabob

Sorry, Caipirabob, I was busy checkin’ out this problem with my Taurus .357. Camping in California with my little boy in a few weeks and damned if I’ll let a bear maul him as one almost did me in 1978. (Thanks Dad, my angel in Heaven.) What did you say about socialists and trash? I certainly know you have to hang ‘em both pretty high so the bears don’t get ‘em.


32 posted on 02/19/2012 8:47:45 AM PST by golux
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To: marktwain

“Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., is cosponsoring the legislation”

Fitting name.


33 posted on 02/19/2012 8:47:55 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: marktwain

All Marxists, once in power abhor an armed citizenry.


34 posted on 02/19/2012 8:50:14 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: 1malumprohibitum

“Why anyone should need or be allowed to carry a loaded firearm in our national parks simply doesn’t occur to me.”

How about , because you turds and the environmentalists introduced wolves back into nature and they are known killers.


35 posted on 02/19/2012 8:51:34 AM PST by Venturer
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To: marktwain
'It became illegal to pack heat in national parks in the early 1980′s under the Reagan Administration. '

Anyone know why?

36 posted on 02/19/2012 8:52:14 AM PST by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: marktwain
So the serial killer who killed the ranger wouldn't have taken a firearm into the national park if there were a law against it?

Seriously?

37 posted on 02/19/2012 8:53:48 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the fascists.)
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To: jimbobfoster
And exactly how would such a law prevent what happened on Mt. Rainier?

Well, obviously the murdering thug would have been aware of the law preventing the carry of firearms in national parks and left his weapon at home out of fear of the law! Duh!!

38 posted on 02/19/2012 8:58:39 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: marktwain

Does joker Jim expect us to believe a ban would have stopped this shooter?


39 posted on 02/19/2012 9:00:14 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: marktwain
He wants to restrict a constitutional right because he does not like people to exercise it? I do not see any other reason given.

Exactly. And we, the citizens, his employers and superiors, don't need to "need" a certain right nor are we to be required to convince him of our "need" in order to have that right. We already have the right.

40 posted on 02/19/2012 9:01:42 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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